Esplanade Presents


The Beginning of Anything

An Esplanade Commission
Written by Michelle Tan Directed by Edith Podesta (Singapore)

9 Mar 2023, Thu, 10:30am (School show)

10 Mar 2023, Fri, 3pm

11 Mar 2023, Sat, 3pm & 7.30pm

12 Mar 2023, Sun, 3pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

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6-year-old Shan has always wanted to be an explorer. In the comfort of her home surrounded by books, paper and pencils, she creates worlds filled with her favourite things and animals that dream. Soon, she is about to discover a new world that she has never encountered before—school. But she is an explorer, and an explorer with the right tools has no reason to be scared! So armed with her handy torchlight and a head full of stories, Shan discovers that all she needs to find her new place in the world is a little love and light. 


Through music, animation and storytelling, The Beginning of Anything guides children through the fears of change, leaving the comforts of home for the first time, but ultimately finding love and support in the familiar and unfamiliar. 


The play draws from images and drawings shared by children in Singapore through organised workshops, and invites children and adults to have a conversation about their own fears of growing up and navigating their own identities.


Director: Edith Podesta

Playwright: Michelle Tan 

Sound Designer: Jing Ng 

Composer: Emily Wong  

Lighting Designer: Stev.e Kwek  

Animation and Graphic Designer: Speak Cryptic 

Animator: Gavin Lee 

Multimedia Engineer: Ark-AV 

Props Designer & Set Coordinator: Syadiq Akbar

Costume Designer: Max Tan 



Shan - Suhaili Safari

Mum - Shafiqhah Efandi

Narrator 1/Mrs. Auyong - Koh Wan Ching

Narrator 2 - Chloe Chua

Liana/The Rabbit - Vanessa Toh

Josiah/The Bird/The Fox - Jayden Lim

Recommended Age: 6 and above
Admission Age:
4 and above
Language: English
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Date & Time

9 Mar 2023, Thu


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School Show

10 Mar 2023, Fri


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11 Mar 2023, Sat


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12 Mar 2023, Sun


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Tickets & Prices
Cat 1 $45
Cat 2 $35

Esplanade&Me Early Bird Specials (17-19 Jan)


PIP's Club: 20% savings (Min. 2 tickets, limited)

Esplanade&Me Specials (From 20 Jan)


PIP's Club : 10% savings (Min. 2 tickets, limited)

PIP's Club : 15% savings (Package of 4, limited)

Tote Board Arts Grant  


All Primary, Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges/ Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.    


For more details, please contact Esplanade Box Office at 6828 8389 or email


School Specials available. Please contact Box Office for more details on school bookings.


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